Having heard about this accommodation we thought we had better try it out. An East coast road trip led us to Whakatane and we decided to stay at the White Island Rendezvous. The exterior of the building is awesome looking ( I think an architect designed and converted some flats to create a spectacular looking place..rustic...beachy and relaxing).
Staff were incredibly helpful, friendly and efficient. It seems to be a big operation here...accommodation, cafe ( good breaky and coffee!!), White Island tours..etc..It seemed like a slick well run business and very popular.
We found the interior of the rooms a little less appealing than the exterior...the rooms were quite brightly decorated..beachy and roomy. The room had all we needed but was a little noisy...apparently some of the rooms have better sound proofing and we would take this option next time. However the location and the staff really made our stay an enjoyable one.
Whakatane was buzzing...warm and sunny. We had a meal at the fishing club....great location, hospitable staff ( we were not members but still could eat here). Food was fresh and well priced..and the view was just lovely!). I don't know if it was the sea air
or just that we were really hungry..but the food here tasted as good as anywhere we've eaten. We highly recommend this establishment....and it's a hop, step and a jump away from your hotel door!
The township was smallish..but seemed to have lots of the main shops that one needed. Java Man Cafe was superb! Funky, healthy, delicious! Fine coffee too!
Overall we enjoyed our stay...rendezvous is definitely the funky and "hot spot" to stay..and was very reasonably priced. The staff looked happy in their work....and we always got a smile and a hello.
Thanks to all here...we'll recommend you.
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